Yes, yes, I’ve already obsessed over Peter O’Toole. Just be happy you don’t know me in real life, because I talk about this dude all the time. (Sorry about that. Except not really at all.) This post has been brought to you by my random discovery on YouTube that Peter O’Toole was in a Pizza Hut commerical in the 90s. In which he recited Shakespeare. Backwards.
I’m pretty sure I should be sad that his talent has been wasted on commercials for crappy pizza, but I can’t stop playing this over and over again and then clapping my hands in delight and wonder. Shut up, this is the only place I can see him reciting Hamlet.
Today would have been Richard Burton’s 84th birthday. He is one of my very favorite actors, and it’s a shame that his personal life has always overshadowed his talent. (Not that I’m not also fascinated with his personal life.) Perhaps Hamlet is not the most appropriate play for a birthday, but it’s the best showcase for Richard Burton’s talent as an actor.
Elaine Stritch was on 30 Rock last night, and as usual, she was awesome and hilarious. How much do I love this woman? She is the sassiest broad ever to sass. She is pretty damn old, but she could still totally kick your ass. Here’s the Stritch singing the song she’s known for: The Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The minute she says those opening lines, “I’d like to propose a toast,” the audience freaks out, and rightly so, because she, like, owns this song. (And I say that as a total fan of the recent revival, but I’ll save that rendition for a Great Moments in Musicals one of these days.)
Let’s talk about how awesome Endora is.
I’ve loved Bewitched since I was six, but let’s be honest–Darrin is the worst husband ever. He’s intimidated by his wife’s power and wants her to suppress it. Yeah, Sam says it’s her choice, too, but seriously, she uses her powers so often, it’s clear that they’re a part of her she can never fully renounce. She’s a witch, dammit, and Darrin just can’t deal with that. He even tries to make his daughter give up her witchy powers despite the fact that they’re a part of her, too. I’ve never been okay with Darrin’s insistence that Samantha live as mortals do. NEVER.
So thank goodness for Endora. She pretty much voices my frustrations for me, and she gets to insult and curse Darwood on my behalf. Also, she’s a badass. Agnes Moorehead has always been my favorite part of the show, and thanks to her, I can get through the episodes without wanting to reach through the TV and strangle Darrin. After all, she does it for me!
After some careful deliberating, I realized that I had the perfect clip of an Old Person I’m Obsessed With that ties into Sitcom Week.
Sir Derek Jacobi has done a lot of amazing theatrical work. He’s done Shakespeare (on stage and film), Cyrano, and the most epic Masterpiece Theatre production ever–I, Claudius. Right now (and ending this week), he’s playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night in London, making me again curse my fate of being not English (making this fate easier is the news that David Tennant’s Hamlet will be filmed!). Among all these renowned and prestigious performances is the clip I’m going to share with you. Derek Jacobi on Frasier.
Welcome to a very special edition of OPIOW. Today I want to pay a tribute to Tony Jay. You may not have heard of him, you may not recognize his face, but you probably would know his voice if you heard it. Tony Jay was an amaaaaazing voice actor. I say “was,” because sadly, he passed away in 2006. It’s still a little weird to think that I won’t hear his voice popping up anywhere new. Let’s take a moment and look at some of my favorite characters that Tony Jay has voiced. He’s known mostly for animation and video games, but I have zero gamer cred, so I’m going to stick with just animation.
This feels a little juvenile after Carmhelga’s presidential posts, but hey, have you ever wanted to hear a renowned British thespian deliver lyrics from a 90s pop song? ME TOO!
Today’s Old-Person-That-I’m-Obsessed-With is none other than Peter O’Toole, who should have won an Oscar by now. Dammit.